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[el-uh-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃən/
a person's manner of speaking or reading aloud in public:
The actor's elocution is faultless.
the study and practice of oral delivery, including the control of both voice and gesture.
Origin of elocution
1500-10; < Latin ēlocūtiōn- (stem of ēlocūtiō) a speaking out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + locūtiōn- locution
Related forms
[el-uh-kyoo-shuh-ner-ee] /ˌɛl əˈkyu ʃəˌnɛr i/ (Show IPA),
elocutionist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for elocutionist
Historical Examples
  • Miss Brown, the elocutionist, ranks as one of the finest in the country.

  • "Wal, I don't profess to be any elocutionist," Salters said.

    "Captains Courageous" Rudyard Kipling
  • A woman with stringy hair and an elocutionist's mouth, grew dramatic as he passed.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Miss Carrie was an elocutionist and had even recited on the stage.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • When I was a girl, I could 'a' been quite an elocutionist if I could 'a' had lessons.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • This speech he delivered with a ridiculous imitation of the tricks of the elocutionist.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • A young performer, vocalist or elocutionist, is often introduced at a luncheon.

    Social Life

    Maud C. Cooke
  • He cultivated none of the graces or dexterities of the elocutionist.

  • I defy any elocutionist to read it satisfactorily with the inflexes.

  • An elocutionist of note read aloud one of the author's poems.

    John Greenleaf Whittier W. Sloane Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for elocutionist


the art of public speaking, esp of voice production, delivery, and gesture
Derived Forms
elocutionary, adjective
elocutionist, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēlocūtiō a speaking out, from ēloquī, from loquī to speak
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Word Origin and History for elocutionist



mid-15c., from Late Latin elocutionem (nominative elocutio) "voice production, manner of expression," in classical Latin, "oratorical expression," noun of action from past participle stem of eloqui "speak out" (see eloquence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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